Foam selection for upholstery: What you need to know

This week on YouTube, we're creating the cushion inserts for Aunt Bea. Cushions are tricky business. "Comfortable" is endlessly subjective, and the margin of error is alarmingly small, considering that foam and fabric are infuriatingly imprecise I wouldn't presume to answer all your cushion questions in one post (even if I COULD answer all your … Continue reading Foam selection for upholstery: What you need to know

Pattern matching: The art of compromise

Ahhhhh, giant repeats and carefully matched motifs!!!!! So delicious!!!! Everybody LOVES to see photographs of pattern matching done well. BUT BUT BUT!!!!!!! Lining up a two dimensional pattern on a three-dimensional object is no small feat. And at the moment I'm not talking about the skill required, or the struggle of inexperience. I'm talking about … Continue reading Pattern matching: The art of compromise

So you want to try upholstery: a beginner’s guide to choosing the perfect project.

Last week on the blog, we discussed project selection for our advanced workshops. It was  then brought to my attention that we needed a post for beginners - duh!!! So let's chat. We love beginners in the shop. Most of our students begin as Weekend Warriors in a 12 hour open workshop. What should you bring? … Continue reading So you want to try upholstery: a beginner’s guide to choosing the perfect project.

What sewing machine do I need for upholstery?

A sewing machine is probably the most important piece of equipment you'll purchase as an upholsterer. It's a major investment and one that should be carefully considered - while larger shops may have a variety of machines, many upholsterers do with just one, perhaps for the length of a career. You want to choose the … Continue reading What sewing machine do I need for upholstery?

What makes a “good” upholstery fabric?

This week on YouTube,  we'll get our first look at fabric for Aunt Bea, so it seems like a good time to discuss the tricky business of fabric selection. There are a lot of important considerations, whether you're having something done, or doing something yourself. Obviously, there are design considerations: color, pattern, scale. What does … Continue reading What makes a “good” upholstery fabric?

Say hello to my little friend: we call him Mr. Staple Lifter.

I grew up in an upholstery shop. My mom worked from home, and while I didn't take a particular interest until my 20's, I DID take a certain amount of knowledge for granted. I knew what a button press was and how to use it by the second grade. I could identify cardboard tack strip, … Continue reading Say hello to my little friend: we call him Mr. Staple Lifter.

Introducing Aunt Bea

We tackled a big, new challenge this summer! I get lots of inquiries about video content, from folks who can't physically get to our classes, and even from folks who do. It's a deliciously convenient and visual medium - I get that. Unfortunately, I knew almost nothing about creating or posting video content, and nobody … Continue reading Introducing Aunt Bea